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What's New in Parkinson's Research: A Closer Look at Genetics and PD

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New York, NY
September 25, 2008
Presented by: Susan B. Bressman, M.D.

This 'mini-webcast' includes Dr. Bressman's hour-long presentation about the latest advances in Parkinson's research, including genetics.

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Speaker Biography

Susan Bressman, M.D., is Chair of the Alan and Barbara Mirken Department of Neurology at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City and Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  She previously spent several years at Columbia University Medical Center, where she developed a genetics program in movement disorders, and also saw patients with dystonia, Parkinson’s disease (PD) and other movement disorders.

Dr. Bressman’s research focuses on clinical genetics.  Her work has resulted in many important findings including the identification and mapping of four dystonia genes and the recent characterization of a gene for Parkinson’s disease (PD) in Ashkenazi Jews.  Her other main focus has been as a teacher and mentor to students, residents, fellows, other physicians and health professionals. 

She is the past Chair of the Movement Disorders Executive Section of the American Academy of Neurology and also serves on both its Science and Basic Science subcommittees.  She is also is a member of the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Michael J. Fox Foundation and the Bachmann Strauss Dystonia and Parkinson’s Foundation, and is the President of We Move, a not for profit organization devoted to educating health professionals and the public about movement disorders.  She is also listed among New York Magazine's "Best Doctors" for 2008, which is excerpted from Castle Connolly's annual guidebook, "Top Doctors: New York Metro Area."

Dr. Bressman received her M.D. from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and received her postgraduate training in neurology at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center.  After her residency, she completed a Movement Disorders fellowship at Columbia under the guidance Stanley Fahn, M.D